The Reverend Randy Murray
The Reverend Canon Graham Cotter
Graham Cotter was born in Jamaica, West Indies. He studied at the University of Toronto where he obtained his Ph.D. in English; Trinity College, for Divinity; and the Center For Theology & Natural Sciences — Department of Religion & The Arts at G.T.U. in Berkeley, California. Graham Cotter began writing, directing and producing liturgical dramas while serving at St Mark’s, Parkdale, and at St Cuthbert’s, Leaside, in Toronto; in the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and in the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. In Leaside, and later in retirement at St Mark’s, Port Hope, he produced and directed the seven dramas which are found in his book “The Mysteries at St Cuthbert’s,” 1985, and the four dramas and two other dramatic adaptations found in the book “The Cup of Blessing,” 1998. In 1994, he established the Sacred Arts Trust within the Anglican Foundation. The Sacred Arts Trust invites applications for funding from: visual and textile artists, actors, dancers, students, musicians, clergy, laity, drama and dance groups, study and training courses. He has been honorary Assistant Priest at St Mark’s Port Hope since 1988, and also authors a weekly Faith and Science letter, available at [email protected]
The Reverend Dr Patrick Gray
Born in Toronto, raised in Markham, educated at U. of T. and Yale, Patrick had a day job for most of his life as a professor of religious studies and theology, holding posts at U. of T. (Trinity College), McMaster, and York. He has published arcane works on fifth- and sixth-century subjects. At the same time, having been ordained a priest in the Anglican Church, he was once a curate, and has thereafter been an honorary assistant in various parishes, each of which he came to love. Currently he is honorary assistant at St Mark’s. He and his wife Cathy have seven children between them, and grandchildren beyond all count. Along the way Patrick has lived in and sometimes wasted excessive amounts of money on interesting houses, engaged with some wonderful gardens, enjoyed making wine of wildly different qualities (and from wildly different substances), spent happy times at cottages on various lakes, savoured much wonderful music both ecclesiastical and secular, done a bit of oil-painting (one of his paintings is on the cover of This Grace of Light, his first published book of poetry) He leads the “Tea and Theology” book discussion group at St Mark’s.
The Reverend Canon Ann M Smith
Ann was born in Niagara Diocese, raised in Toronto. Following Grade 13 at St. Mildred’s College, she attended Teacher’s College and taught for two years in St. Philip’s Indian Residential School in Fort George, Quebec. She graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1969 with an Honour B.A. in Music. She returned to teaching in the Elementary School system in Etobicoke as a classroom teacher, a Music teacher and then a Music Consultant. Throughout that time, she also served as organist and choir director in a number of Anglican churches. In 1989 she returned to Trinity College, this time to study Theology, a lifelong dream. She graduated and was ordained in 1991. She was the Assistant Curate at St. Timothy’s, Agincourt, and served as Incumbent at St. Thomas, Brooklin and St. Francis of Assisi, Mississauga. Retiring in 2011, she bought a home in Port Hope and joined the congregation. Since retirement she has been kept busy with various Interim Ministries, but when available enjoys singing in the choir at St. Mark’s and assisting as an Honourary.
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